Friday, August 8, 2008

And we're out...

Our last day was filled with final blog posts (see interviews below), clearing out our studio (sad, sad), and a little happy hour celebration at SAM's TASTE complete with strawberry margaritas (virgin, of course) and oysters.

The first SAM Re+Vision: Design Your Neighborhood crew is signing out.

Read about Re+Vision in Worldchanging Seattle

Big thanks to Julia Steinberger from Wordchanging for coming out to see our final presentation/reception last night and writing a cool article about Re+Vision in the Worldchanging Seattle online magazine!! Read the article here!

Final Presentation/Reception at OSP

What can we say... it was a total celebration of our hard work over the past 6 weeks. We were joined by almost 100 friends and family including the Upward Bound crew. Our last week of presentation practice paid off. Everyone nailed it!

Thanks to everyone who came out to support us!! If you missed the presentation you can still check out our work. The installation is up through August 22nd (at least... maybe longer) in the Alvord Art Lab at the Olympic Sculpture Park.

Special thanks to Leticia Lopez for some of these snaps!

Choe Morris.(:

Interview questions.
What was the best part of the program?
working and getting to the final project. And also getting to meet all the designers.
What did you know about art/design? What did you learn about yourself?
I learned that I was a lot more interested in it and that I’m fairly skilled in it.
What were the favorite places/spaces that we visited? Why?
western bridge, seattle public library, mithun. What are you most proud of in accomplishing your design work? Why?
Getting everything done and having it published in the Olympic Sculpture Park.
What did you learn about Seattle that you didn’t know before?
There are A LOT of gallery spaces. I just learned a lot on general.
Do you plan on taking on design more or less due to this program? Why?
I’d pursue design more because I learned so much more about all the aspects of it and I understand it a lot more.(:
Lily Anderson interviewed by Billy Chandler

"Because of this program I have a much better idea of what I want to do after High School. I've always been interested in art, but after being able to see design spaces and contemporary art studios in Seattle I got really excited about art or design as a career. I feel a lot more comfortable with the whole College process because I know I want to look into design schools. I'm so glad I got to meet all of these people and learn so much more about myself."
Billy Chandler interviewed by Lily Anderson

"I've learned how to scale drawings, I've learned about how buildings are made, and I've learned about sustainability. The program has made me even more interested in architecture than I was before. I appreciate design more. Working with people was really cool, I've learned how to take pride in my work and help other people out with theirs. This experience was really great and I look forward to taking what I've learned here to High School, to College, to my career, and throughout my life."

Nate interviewed by Aaron

How did you first here about this program, and why did you join it?

My mom got an email from my godmother, and I got it the day of the deadline. I wasn't to happy about doing it because I only had one day to decide if I wanted to do it or not. Finally I decided to because I had no other plans this summer.

What have you learned being in this program about design, art and architecture?
That it takes alot of work to get the project done, and its not as easy as it seems. You dont just draw something, and it appears as a building.

How hard was it for you to get up in the morning?
It was pretty easy because I would sleep on the bus, and I would sleep when I got here before the program started.

Was the program what you expected of it?
Not at all. I thought it was gonna be a wider variety of design instead of focusing on architecture.

Would you visit any place that we have visited again?
I would visit Western Bridge, because of the balloon room and the bounce house. I would go to see their next installations as well.

Where do you see yourself at 25? Do you see yourself doing something design related?An RnB singer and dancer. I would design my own clothes, and my own record covers. My shoes as well. I wanna have my own shoe label.

What else interest you besides design and RnB?
I like to skateboard, basketball, N kickin it wit tha homiez.

Do you think you will stay in contact with anyone in this program?
I'm not entirely sure, I do have some peoples myspaces, so I will stay in contact with them probably

Why do you think you got the creative communicator award?
"Because the way I communicate is creative." I use my hands to gesture in a creative one of a kind way.

Will you join this program next year?
It depends on my summer plans for next year. If I have nothing planned for next year then I will.

HANH intervi-ewwwing BLAKE >;D

Your Design Style?
"My design style is technology base, I liked to design things on the computer. "

Favorite Place?
"My favorite place that we went to was *`longggggggg pause`* Western Bridge, it was a really interactive place."

Favorite Place?
"Seattle Public Library, it felt like a repetitive visit ANDDDDDD I felt like I saw everything before."

Would you do the program again?
"I think I would do the program again on one condition everyone who went this year would go next year."

[= [Blake.]Puwahahaha`!

["Torturing" him during these past few weeks was fun.] x33

Miyuki interviewed by Chloe

Chloe: "Whats was the best part of the program?"

Miyuki: "Meeting new people and seeing the variety of new ideas that they brought to the table was definitely the best part of the program."

Chloe: "What aspects of design did you experience that helped you notice something different about yourself? "
Miyuki: "I learned that there are certain types of art that are specific and traditional in some sense, and other types art that kind of steps out of the box, and makes you think a little bit more about what the piece actually means or is trying to get across."

Chloe: "What were your favorite spaces that we visited? Why?"

Miyuki: "I liked Western Bridge, because of its contemporariness."

Chloe: "What were your most proud accomplishments with your design work during this program?"

Miyuki: " I guess it was really just getting the work done. Because I didn't think that I would get done in time. But I did, and the finished product was AWESOME!!!!!

Chloe: "What are some things that you learned about Seattle that you didn't know before?"

Miyuki:" I learned that there were a lot of gallery spaces, and a lot of artist that are local that have contributed partially if not completely with the buildings/structure that we see in the city everyday".

Chloe: "Do you plan on studying or pursuing a career in design?"

Miyuki:"No not really, but I enjoyed the time that I spent this summer learning about the different aspects of design."

Chloe: "Do you look at your city/community differently, now that you have gone through this program?:Miyuki: "Yes, I find myself looking up at the buildings a lot more than I did before."

BLAKE interviewed HANH [=

Here are some simple questions i asked Hanh...

  • What was the best part of Design Your Hood ?
-"Meeting the people i worked with, also meeting local designers and learning all about what they did around the puget sound area ."
  • What was your least favorite part of the program ?
-"I didn't really have a 'least favorite' part, because the whole program was cheeeesy!"
  • What was one of your favorite field trips?
-"I picccccck, Gasworks Park. I liked it there because i liked learning about the history of Gasworks, and how it is a monument in the Seattle area. Also, umm, ' you dont have to write umm!', anyways, i also liked OSP because i enjoyed looking at the Love and Loss piece."

Thursday, August 7, 2008

We're the blog of the week on Treehugger!!

Big thanks to Leonora Oppenheim of Treehugger for selecting our Re+Vision blog for "TH Blog Love: Our Favorite Greens of the Week"!! Treehugger is one of the worlds most visited eco culture blogs with over 2,200,000 visitors per month so we are really excited to have our blog featured.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Aaron interviewed by Nate

Aaron Jamroski's thoughts on the program. (questions asked by Nate Anderson)

What made you want to join the program?

My mom sent me an email of the flyer and it looked like a constructive way to spend six weeks of my summer, also it had to do with stuff I am interested in.

What did u expect it to be like when you first started the program?

I thought it was more our choice of how we were to a project or we were actually going to work with architects to design a space.

Was the program what you expected?

No, it was not because of the above reasons, although I did have fun stepping outside of my comfort zone, and designing something I wasn't used to designing.

What were some of your favorite parts of the program?

Getting to design the projects, and present my project to the public. Also meeting all the professional designers and architects.

Are there any places that we went to that you would like to go again?

The Library because it is an interactive piece of architecture, Western Bridge because they had a good show, and I want to see what they host in the future.

Would you say that you made friends with every1 there?

Yes, we all got to know each other. I wouldn't say we got close, but we all got to know and appreciate each other.

Do you think that is was a good learning experience for you?

Yes, I do. It has taught me patience to do a variety of things, and how to get along with people - its a work in progress).

Would you join the program again?

Yes I would and probably will, but I would hope whoever is in charge of the program curriculum would pick a new design topic. I'm now on the Teen Advisory Group at SAM because of being in re+vision

What did you learn about design?

I learned how to draw scale drawings, that is when you draw something in the dimensions (we used 1/4 of an inch) that they would be in if you built it.

Whats your design style?

I like to draw things out instead of using the computer for things like photoshop. So I guess it would be a little old fashioned because most designers our age don't draw things they use the computer for it.

What made you get the most fashionable navigator award ?

I don't know. I would assume because I always knew were we would be going and how to get their on the bus or how to walk there, and if course I did it with style.

Do you think that you will continue to be friends with everyone after the program ends?

Yes I do. I enjoy every ones company here so I hope to stay in contact with everyone.

How much money do you spend on coffee a year?

Alot. I dont count it, but alot. I enjoy coffee.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Moving away from Seattle, probably to New York. Making clothing, or whatever else I decide to do. Living on my own, being the It Boy for Men's Vogue (even though mens vogue isnt that interesting).

When do you plan on going to New York?

In two years if I have enough saved, but as soon as I save enough.

Who inspires you to be a designer?

The current designers pushing the limits such as Dolce and Gabbanna, Prada, and etc. They make me wanna push the boundaries of fashion even further. I believe I can do it. I've got ambition.

What do you think the public should know about you when your famous?

I'm not afraid to take risks to do what I need to so I can get the results I want. This is only the beginning for me.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Re+Vision installation begins...

Decisions... Decisions... Decisions... Check out our final presentation/reception this Thursday August 7th 6:00 - 8:00 pm at the Olympic Sculpture Park to see how we collaborated with SAM's Emily + Katherine to curate the display of our design concepts. Aaron's the managing DJ so brace yourselves!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Week Five: July 28 - August 1

Design Process III: Final Presentation Prep
Continue to refine designs while completing drawings, models, and collages. Plan layout of boards and refine talking points.

One week 'til our big presentation at the Olympic Sculpture Park on August 7th 6:00 - 8:00 pm!! The studio was a buzz of activity as we rushed to complete final touches on our projects. Seeing the Upward Bound final critique on Wednesday really helped fuel us to push our designs as far as they could go.

Big thanks to Chloe + Blake for their blogging skills this week!! Also big thanks to SAM Museum Educator Nate Herth for all his extra help in the studio...

Films + Fires

Directly following our Design Film-Fest, where we watched Powers of Ten by Charles and Ray Eames, Helvetica, and a History Channel film called Modern Marvels: St. Louis Arch
(we ran out of time for Sketches of Frank Gehry) with the Upward Bound crew, a serious fire alarm scared us all out of SAM!! Good thing we had the camera with us to document!!

Friday, August 1, 2008

Evacuated From the Building.!

nate freaks out as we are evacuated from the SAM building and sent across the street.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Upward Bound's Chair displays. July 30th 2008

Upward Bound's project brief: "The chairs from Olympic Sculpture Park have gone missing! Create a chair for OSP replacing the old chairs" (i think..)

& the Results are.....

Last FULL Work Day ! July 29th 2008

Chloe workin' hard on her ultra super cool Performance Studio.

After a night of hard work... BiLLY's TOWER for TEENS!